Chicago’s New Wave of Microbrews
on a sunny spring Friday in Chicago, and the intimate front room of Michael Louise’s Hopleaf Bar on the North Side is already packed, the decibel level growing. Creative types mix with professionals; young women in stylish jeans and sweaters rub elbows with older guys who look as if they’ve been buy canada goose jacket cheap hitting this bar as long canada goose store as they’ve been hitting on the ladies.
This is a bar that starts rolling early and doesn’t stop until last call. And it’s all about beer.
The Hopleaf is known for its pages long brew list, with an emphasis on hard to find Belgian imports and domestic craft selections. But a quick check of the couple of dozen taps lining the bar with their colorful and artistic handles shows something more: many Canada Goose Coats On Sale of the beers being served are brewed right in Chicago. Just a few years ago, this would not have been the case.
As Chicago has morphed from a meat and potatoes town to one claiming some of the country’s best chefs, consumers have started demanding better beer. While the craft beer movement that exploded in cities like Portland, Ore., San Francisco and Philadelphia infiltrated Chicago within the last couple of decades, it’s only lately that the city has experienced a brewing renaissance of its own. Today, local beer is popping up all over uk canada goose town.
Metropolitan Brewing, a couple of miles to the north along the tree lined Ravenswood Industrial Corridor, opened in December; its two lagers, Flywheel Bright and Dynamo Copper, are sold in about 100 bars, restaurants and stores.
This fall, the Revolution Brewing Company will open a 20,000 square foot brew pub in the Logan Square neighborhood in a 100 year old building that formerly housed a newspaper printer.
As bars cater to the craft beer audience, they are finding plenty canada goose black friday sale of response. On a Tuesday night in early uk canada goose outlet June, you could canada goose clearance barely buy your Canada Goose Jackets way into Piece Brewery and Pizzeria in Wicker Park. Eager drinkers packed the sprawling brew pub to get their hands or rather their taste buds on Baron Von Awesome, a summer release from Piece’s brewer, Jonathan Cutler. This American wheat beer appears every year, something a bit lighter to help cleanse the bitter memories of Chicago’s wintry chill.
Some in the canada goose factory sale crowd a mix of hipsters, yuppies and frat boys looking for crisp New Haven style pizza and tasty in house canada goose uk black friday brews canada goose uk shop waited nearly an hour to grab a table. Others stood two deep at the bar for a taste of the Baron while listening to pumping classic rock.
About a mile away, on a sleepy residential stretch of Damen Avenue, Bar DeVille canadian goose jacket sits conspicuously among the old graystones and single family homes of the Ukrainian Village neighborhood. Inside, cheap Canada Goose Parkas glimmering candles on each antique looking Canada Goose online table light the dark setting. Velvet drapes, lace curtains and crystal clear mirrors accent exposed brick walls. The no charge red felt pool table is beneath antlers mounted on the wall, and the back room resembles a French bordello or English country house with its inviting mismatched couches, herringbone wood floors and framed landscapes.
About a third of the beers are local, including Goose Island, https://www.goosesale.ca Three Floyds, Half Acre, Metropolitan and Two Brothers. The rest are domestic crafts and, this being something of a hipster joint, the requisite Pabst Blue Ribbon draft.
“It’s the first bar in Chicago since I moved here from Philly two years ago where you can sit at the bar, talk to the bartenders and learn from them,” said Dan Snyder, a frequent DeVille patron.
In Bucktown, the Map Room offers a free buffet catered by cheap Canada Goose local restaurants on Tuesdays, which is International Night. One week, the menu might be soul food; another, Middle Eastern. But even though the expansive beer list mirrors that global feeling, it is a canada goose locally crafted brand that usually ends up on the Beer of the Month board.
“The Map Room has an environment that makes it hard to not try new beers,” said Georgeanna Smith, who has lived in Bucktown since moving from Savannah, Ga., three years ago. Before becoming more adventurous, she canada goose coats on sale said, “I didn’t know a beer could taste like grapefruit and hoppy sunshine.”
In the heart of the Loop, the Wit, a modern, sleek hotel that opened in late May, houses Chicago’s hottest new rooftop bar, Canada Goose sale Roof, but Canada Goose Outlet it’s the street level gastropub, State and Lake, that offers beer lovers salvation. This masculine space, reminiscent of an English pub, focuses on artisanal beer with Midwestern roots. When visitors want to dig in and really get a feel for what this area’s brewers have to offer, they can taste their way through 16 canada goose coats draft beers at its large, wraparound bar and get lost in the moment.
Back on the North Side cheap canada goose uk at the Tiny Lounge in Lincoln Square, nearly half the drafts come from local brewers, and the chic vibe is comfortable and welcoming. Floor to ceiling windows open onto the street, and live music featuring local artists begins in July.
All this activity actually represents a second wave in Chicago’s modern beer movement. In 1988, a local businessman, John Hall, frustrated that he couldn’t find a local beer in Chicago, opened the Goose Island Brewpub on a then desolate stretch of Clybourn Avenue in Lincoln Park.
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Over 20 years, Goose Island became a powerhouse, and it distributes in 15 states, Great Britain and Sweden. Among its canada goose clearance sale most familiar brews are Honkers Ale, Matilda and Bourbon County Stout.
The brewery has also helped anchor a neighborhood that now features big box stores, boutiques, chain stores and restaurants.
Mr. Hall, Canada Goose Parka with his brewmaster son, Greg, produces 50 beers a year, releasing a new product each Thursday at the pub. And Goose canada goose uk outlet Island has been a buy canada goose jacket training ground for a number of brewers who have opened or plan to open their own places, including Josh Deth and Jim Cibak of Revolution, Tommy Nicely at Half Acre and Mr. Cutler at Piece.
But there are few places more exciting from a beer lover’s perspective than Three Floyds, a quick drive south of Chicago in Munster, Ind. Favorites Canada Goose Online there include Alpha King, a pale ale; Gumballhead, a wheat beer; and especially the dark and brooding Russian imperial stout called Dark Lord. On the last Saturday in April, the Dark Lord Day festival draws thousands to taste that year’s batch.